Every year Nick Saban and the Alabama Crimson Tide have one of the strongest rosters in the nation. Every year we also see a healthy crop of Bama players headed to the NFL and this year is no different. Last week I did an all Florida State draft this week we look at what if the Bengals when “ROLL TIDE!” in every round.
Round 1 Pick 24: CJ Mosley LB
Mosley is a very talented linebacker and showed during his time at Alabama that he can cover sideline to sideline. He might not be a natural 4-3 middle linebacker but he could be used in several ways and is one of the cleanest linebacker prospects to come out in recent years. He will be a core player on defense for years to come.
Round 2 Pick 23: Cyrus Kouandjio LT
The massive left tackle, 6’7 335lbs, would be a great addition to the Bengals line and someone who would be a bulldozer in the running game Hue Jackson will be featuring. There are some medical issues that popped up during the combine but have since been cleared. He would be a great get in the second round.
Round 3 Pick 23: AJ McCarron QB
All McCarron did was win and produce very respectable numbers and National Championships doing so. At 6’3 220lbs with large hands he meets the size requirements and sports a 36-4 record. He is being severely dinged because he played on Alabama teams that on average have 8-10 players drafted per year and he was didn’t face a lot of pressure. He might be this year’s Mike Glennon or this year’s Matt Barkley.
Round 4 Pick 23: Kevin Norwood WR
When I was watch AJ McCarron Film I couldn’t help but notice Norwood. The 6’2 198lb receiver runs good routes, catches the ball naturally, and seems to have a real feel for the game. Along with completing his masters Norwood lead the Tide with 7 touchdown grabs. He will be a 25 year old rookie but his maturity is an asset and he could be a player that carves out a nice career.
Round 5 Pick 24: Adrian Hubbard LB
I really like Hubbard’s length and fit as a SLB and an as an occasional hand in the dirt rusher. At 6-6 258 he has intriguing size and has experience in several roles. He probably should have waited another year to come out but is still a solid prospect in the later rounds.
Round 6 Pick 23: Ed Stinton DE
Ed Stinton is another Tide member that didn’t have a flashy role but he was a key part of their defense playing DE, DT and Jack linebacker. He doesn’t excel in one particular area but is player who could wind up being a 10 year pro as a solid rotation guy who stays healthy and does his job. He reminds me of current Bengals defensive end Wallace Gilberry.
Round 6 Comp Pick: Anthony Steen G
I notice a trend with players from Alabama, you have a couple stars and a bunch of guys who play a role or multiple roles. Anthony Steen is no different a tough player who does his job and keeps contributing to the team winning games. Steen has good size at 6’3 314lbs and could wind up at center where I believe he could start for some teams.
Round 7 Pick 23: Dieon Blue CB
It will be interesting to see where Blue is drafted. He has comparable skills of some of the more talked about players but is working his way back from an injury and is a bit undersized. While he is undersized he is physical and could be one of those late round steals.
Round 7 Comp Pick: Cody Mandell P
Mandell was one of the best punters in the nation last year and hey punters are people too.